could vs would

could would

Definitions

  • 1) Preterit of can.
  • 2) Used to show the possibility that something might happen.
  • 3) Used to politely ask for permission to do something.
  • 4) Used to suggest something.
  • 5) Simple past of can.
  • 6) Used to politely ask for someone else to do something.
  • 7) Was, should be, or would be, able, capable, or susceptible. Used as an auxiliary, in the past tense or in the conditional present.
  • 8) Used to indicate ability or permission in the past.
  • 9) Used to indicate tentativeness or politeness.
  • 10) Used with hypothetical or conditional force.

Definitions

  • 1) See 2d weld.
  • 2) As a modal , the subjunctive of will.
  • 3) As a past-tense form of will.
  • 4) Commonly used as an auxiliary verb, either in the past tense or in the conditional or optative present. See 2d & 3d will.
  • 5) Used to express a wish.
  • 6) Used to express desire or intent.
  • 7) Used to indicate uncertainty.
  • 8) Used to express presumption or expectation.
  • 9) Used in the main clause of a conditional statement to express a possibility or likelihood.
  • 10) Used to express repeated or habitual action in the past.
  • 11) Used to make a polite request.
  • 12) Used after a statement of desire, request, or advice.

Examples

  • 1) We were watching knowing we could have done something special there again.
  • 2) Then it goes back into something that could be anyone.
  • 3) That could mean something as simple as scanning a document and emailing it straight out.
  • 4) It would easily cover all the costs so they could do something really special.
  • 5) He insisted the badges could be used only with staff consent and that bosses get merely an overview of activity.
  • 6) Cops who seized him found he had cable ties and tape that could have been used as a blindfold or gag.
  • 7) The submarine could have been used to monitor the movement of Indian warships.
  • 8) The brands could use alternatives, but plastic is cheap.
  • 9) People think, 'I could do that.
  • 10) Others could use them as political capital.
  • 11) Who would have thought that something so soft could cause so much anxiety?
  • 12) Though you could sit in something else and just gaze at it.
  • 13) It had to be something they could connect with.
  • 14) It could be a muscle or it could be something worse.
  • 15) Yet we are getting a glimpse into something that could turn the dial on cancer treatment in the future.
  • 16) Is that something we could afford?
  • 17) Think about ways in which you could use the vast amount of energy which these sorts of emotions put at your disposal.
  • 18) Yet we easily could use another 150 workers today.
  • 19) Or he could use emergency powers to force companies to employ British workers.
  • 20) Not only would the fishes get a tasty meal but your bones could be used as the basis for a new coral reef.
  • 21) You could try something elementary: loosen the laces or straps on your shoes.
  • 22) If we had filmed in America or something it could have been disastrous.
  • 23) If we do, it is certainly something we could use again.
  • 24) I could then use some of the money to pay off the remaining mortgage on my main home.
  • 25) Any fool could use it.
  • 26) I could see something like this coming and the incident with the three yellow cards was a disaster for him.
  • 27) We wept, we held each other and we each wished there was something we could say or do that would bring you back.
  • 28) I couldn't use the loo for a while.
  • 29) FOREIGN visitors who use A&E could soon have to pay as part of a crackdown on health tourism.
  • 30) For legal reasons, they couldn't use any of the original code.
  • 31) And, if necessary, drugs could be used to bring this risk factor under control.
  • 32) He once said: 'I could get a kick out of two flies crawling up a window if it was a good race.
  • 33) English FA also fear he could use any approach from them to get a better deal from Portugal.
  • 34) I used to always wonder why I could be so awful to my family my parents, my sister, and I think it's because I knew I *could* be so mean to them & they would always be there.
  • 35) I don't know if I could get you a gig there, but if I *could* would you want to?
  • 36) This means that when we speak of a person's actions, in most cases he could have done otherwise, given the Stoics 'analysis of ˜could™ and other modal concepts.
  • 37) Not outlandishly fast, but fast enough that adaptation could *could*–it is unclear be fairly difficult.
  • 38) Yes priceless could be ..could be .. or worthless could also be .
  • 39) Ben#17…a close friend of mine is in the same boat as your sister…and I agree….but notice—you even stated “could”…….that is what is the problem for most people…..could…I hope “will” can replace “could”….
  • 40) But a moment's further consideration convinced him that it could not be so: he _could_ move his body a little, although when he tried to sit up, something stopped him, pulled his spine straight, pulled his arms and shoulders back down from where he'd raised them.
  • 41) From her promise once given she felt no change of purpose could absolve her; and therefore rarely would she give it absolutely, for she _could not_ alter the thing that had gone forth from her lips.
  • 42) She could not -- _could_ not -- go to Paris with this man, who for all his devotion was a stranger to her.
  • 43) She did not wish to tell a falsehood, and yet she felt that she could not, _could_ not confess now.
  • 44) ‘So I had to learn every aspect as much as I could, in order to get through it and make it.’
  • 45) ‘We could hear the clear belling from inside the patch of forest in the valley.’
  • 46) ‘How did you go about putting that into words so you could file a sensible report to camera?’
  • 47) ‘The budgie knew his name, address and telephone number and could sing Three Blind Mice.’
  • 48) ‘All that anyone could do at that point was stay back and watch the mesmerizing scene.’
  • 49) ‘That meant we could catch the light and sound show in the evening.’
  • 50) ‘He couldn't handle both of them at once, and he had to get rid of her after she'd seen him.’
  • 51) ‘Seven bridges were built so that the people of the city could get from one part to another.’
  • 52) ‘The first thing to go for was a decent wash in fresh water as we could only have salt water to wash in on board.’
  • 53) ‘I was stunned by the sheer volume of sound that twenty five singers could make.’
  • 54) ‘It tried as hard as it could to rally in the third, but the game had long been out of reach.’
  • 55) ‘My boyfriend and I wanted to sign up for the class so that we could take it together for fun.’
  • 56) ‘We could see nothing except for the next few curves as the path climbed relentlessly into the clouds.’
  • 57) ‘After the show, back at the stable lines, Barbara explained that I could ride a bit.’
  • 58) ‘I made as if to look suitably impressed, but hardly felt that I could compare notes.’
  • 59) ‘From Point Baptiste, we could see the low outline of the French island of Marie Galante.’
  • 60) ‘It felt symbolic of the trip - taking a leap of faith and finding you could exceed your limits.’
  • 61) ‘Several families had to untie bikes from the backs of their cars before they could gain access to the boot.’
  • 62) ‘I once read that in battle the most dangerous thing you could do was run away.’
  • 63) ‘Yet if its occurrence could be measured on this basis, it would be found to be non-existent.’
  • 64) ‘There is also the possibility that it could be used to re-examine unsolved crimes.’
  • 65) ‘One possibility is that he could be sent abroad, but in practice this rarely happens.’
  • 66) ‘There will be a possibility that police could give advice to members of the public in the room.’
  • 67) ‘It is not beyond the realm of possibility that a deal could have been struck.’
  • 68) ‘They could well afford it, given the millions they rake in from the motoring public.’
  • 69) ‘It could force the service to be closed permanently.’
  • 70) ‘He then asked her record company if he could duet with her and was rejected.’
  • 71) ‘He only saw the formula in its microscopic form and didn't realize that it could be macroscopic.’
  • 72) ‘In theory at least, this implies that adding telomerase to cells could rejuvenate them.’
  • 73) ‘He could have bowed out gracefully at any time and it looked like he might, but now this.’
  • 74) ‘We have good speed and we thought we could pressure them with just a straight pass rush.’
  • 75) ‘We are supposed to imagine that this telephone conversation could be taking place right now.’
  • 76) ‘He bristles at the notion that his views could be seen as disloyal to his country.’
  • 77) ‘If my guess is correct then your problem could be related to ageing or some other cause.’
  • 78) ‘One could say that it was not as good as in a strictly Italian resto, but still it was very good.’
  • 79) ‘Don't put it in the hollow of the cheek in an attempt to shade your face, or it could end up looking like a dirty smudge.’
  • 80) ‘In theory, you could spend all day every day in the environs of your bungalow.’
  • 81) ‘When we arrived, the sand was so crisp and clean it could have just come back from the Atlantic laundry.’
  • 82) ‘In fact, he pours cold water on any suggestion he could be a future coach of the club.’
  • 83) ‘Early suggestions were that this could be for two days a week, but it has so far been restricted to twice a year.’
  • 84) ‘We had a letter to say they had not received the form and could I make a request for a new one.’
  • 85) ‘Where did you find the information that you used to write it, and could you suggest a few books for me?’
  • 86) ‘I would be grateful if any readers could tell me more.’
  • 87) ‘Is there a small heater you could recommend for when the icy weather returns?’

Examples

  • 1) They would also like to get rid of their steep staircase.
  • 2) She has said that she would like to see annual binding votes on pay packages.
  • 3) Sometimes he would put down something he had already done simply for the pleasure of ticking it off.
  • 4) We knew something would go wrong.
  • 5) She would know something about that.
  • 6) And it would do something else.
  • 7) The income would flow back over 20 years and would be used to repay the loan.
  • 8) I can't think of a single reason why you wouldn't use an online agent.
  • 9) The government won an agreement that only funds contributed by the eurozone countries would be used.
  • 10) Figures like these would have sent the pound tumbling.
  • 11) Was it a surprise that something like this would occur during the course of the credit crunch?
  • 12) So which method would have been used?
  • 13) They would do something similar on crime policy.
  • 14) And they claimed explosive devices which cannot be detected by security scans would be used.
  • 15) Does that sound like something you would enjoy?
  • 16) Is there anything else you would like us to know that would help us be of service to you?
  • 17) The step up in trip was something we hoped would suit him and the feather weight also played its part.
  • 18) It looked like he would notch another treble against the Cherries here after his early brace.
  • 19) Yet only the most harsh would not concede something to the consistency with which they have clung to their cause for so long.
  • 20) We have about 10,000 to spend and would consider something up to three years old.
  • 21) If she wanted to do something, she would just wait until you let her do it.
  • 22) And the longer the suffering went on, the more likely it was that something would snap.
  • 23) I would rather use alternative medicine than anything else.
  • 24) I would really like to see him back.
  • 25) I would like to see it totally carbon fibre.
  • 26) For years thereafter this incident would be used by critics as a reminder of what could happen if public employees were given the right to strike.
  • 27) I think we both realized at last that before long the lights of our accustomed world would have faded behind us.
  • 28) What exactly that better world would look like must be settled by future generations, when the possibilities and new problems become clearer.
  • 29) The company said that the additional information would be used along with existing 3D seismic data to look at possible opportunities in the field.
  • 30) There was no way I would continue like that.
  • 31) ‘It was in October last year that the club first heard that changes would be made to the lecture theatre.’
  • 32) ‘Caroline never met her stepfather and her mother would never hear her voice again.’
  • 33) ‘Here his followers would gather in the mornings and afternoons for religious services.’
  • 34) ‘The gang would then force a window to get them, or, if the door was unlocked, simply walk in.’
  • 35) ‘Florence was shocked when she heard her name would appear in the medieval video.’
  • 36) ‘Within minutes, a small crowd would gather and most of them knew of the village.’
  • 37) ‘Thatch would have been gathered from reeds and rushes on the shore and used for the roof of the main castle.’
  • 38) ‘When last week I heard Morris would be in London for a few days I decided to collar her.’
  • 39) ‘Fears had been expressed that the historic building would be closed permanently.’
  • 40) ‘Settle parish churchyard was filling up rapidly and would have to close in two years.’
  • 41) ‘He left a large gap around the cupboard door hinges and three unit drawers would not close.’
  • 42) ‘We were always a close family, we would talk to each other, and we pretty much got along.’
  • 43) ‘Moorby said he would be keeping a close eye on player availability right up until Easter.’
  • 44) ‘He added that the bell would be first heard in public as part of the Keighley Day events.’
  • 45) ‘The first night I was in a room on my own with a window that would only open three or four inches.’
  • 46) ‘However, he confirmed that officers would keep a close eye on the cemetery in the future.’
  • 47) ‘The mayor said he would be keeping a close eye on the building to try and ensure the problem did not arise again.’
  • 48) ‘In July this year the bank said it would close the business having failed to find a buyer.’
  • 49) ‘A workman had fitted locks to some windows, but ran out of locks and said he would come back later.’
  • 50) ‘So she decided she would climb out of the window onto a low roof and get down to the yard that way.’
  • 51) ‘Had Frank Furedi been pondering how to handle the situation he would not have had to look far for advice.’
  • 52) ‘And he said if he was faced with the same situation he would again break the speed limit.’
  • 53) ‘Huntley said that should such a situation arise, he would report it to a senior member of staff.’
  • 54) ‘Mr Haslam said he could not comment on what would happen to the hotel if the application was turned down.’
  • 55) ‘If it wasn't a private firm, we would probably be hearing an awful lot more about it.’
  • 56) ‘It would be marvellous to hear his reactions on other fuss and bother while he's in the mood.’
  • 57) ‘If they had any musical knowledge they would be able to hear our voices are good.’
  • 58) ‘If you heard a noise in the dark of night, would you know where to find your torch or a candle?’
  • 59) ‘Anything that acts as a deterrent to anti-social behaviour would be used if we needed it.’
  • 60) ‘I'm starting to wonder if my writing is really as unclear as my comments would suggest.’
  • 61) ‘How tame this behaviour would seem if they were allowed to really have some fun!’
  • 62) ‘They would not stop if the police shouted at them because they simply would not hear.’
  • 63) ‘She would suffer if she was sent to prison and would have to close her business, leading to the loss of two jobs.’
  • 64) ‘If it closed, its customers would have absolutely no qualms about going elsewhere.’
  • 65) ‘Later that year Mr Craig put the club on the market and said it would close if a buyer was not found quickly.’
  • 66) ‘Players and staff were sacked, and for weeks it looked as though Dundee would close.’
  • 67) ‘If a child were to be killed outside a school, would we talk about closing the school?’
  • 68) ‘If she were to gossip, it would be with the closest of friends, not when there was a camera in her face.’
  • 69) ‘He quoted a friend who offered a woman a free pair of curtains if she would clean her dirty front window.’
  • 70) ‘It occurred to me that if this were a business it would most likely have closed long ago.’
  • 71) ‘Anyway, you can be sure that if I had to spend a week in an hotel, I wouldn't waste it by staying awake.’
  • 72) ‘If I were you I'd lock the door.’
  • 73) ‘This may reflect in a willingness to pay higher prices, although I wouldn't bet on it.’
  • 74) ‘You can go down that channel if you're mad enough, but I wouldn't do it if I were you.’
  • 75) ‘In fact, I wouldn't recommend taking the advice of a tied agent under any circumstances.’
  • 76) ‘I think it will pick up stuff other than country and western, but I wouldn't advise it!’
  • 77) ‘If at all possible I would urge a newcomer to pike fishing to ask an experienced angler if they could tag along for a session or two.’
  • 78) ‘If I were you I would get out of here I soon as I could.’
  • 79) ‘I would request he moves the aerial so that it does not encroach your property.’
  • 80) ‘Malcolm Morley, who has worked at the hotel for three years, would love to make Iona his home.’
  • 81) ‘We would be delighted to hear from any other people who could support us in some way.’
  • 82) ‘As someone who kept a daily diary all her life, she would have loved blogging.’
  • 83) ‘He said he would be glad to write me a recommendation.’
  • 84) ‘I think instead of arriving at Tortuga by sea, I'd rather arrive by air.’
  • 85) ‘Although this is not the outcome that we would have desired, at least it is now at an end.’
  • 86) ‘would you like a glass of water?’
  • 87) ‘I would like the windows replaced with the ones we actually thought we were getting.’
  • 88) ‘I tell myself I would rather be fat and happy then thin and miserable, but the fact is, I am fat and miserable.’
  • 89) ‘It's not the sort of song you hear everyday, nor would want to, but it stands out like a gem in an evening of gems.’
  • 90) ‘I would love to see a performance of that opera, but there's none in the next year.’
  • 91) ‘I was just about to make breakfast, would you like some?’
  • 92) ‘Although he says he would love to be a chef, he will never be able to hold down a job.’
  • 93) ‘She would love to build on this success and make a career of dancing at least in the short term.’
  • 94) ‘Whether it is for himself or for his country, he would dearly love a Commonwealth Games medal.’
  • 95) ‘The pair said they would love to go into showbusiness or work in television in the future.’
  • 96) ‘Believe me, it's a club most managers outside the very top ones would love to manage.’
  • 97) ‘He mentions his years at Arbroath, his hometown club, and how one day he would love to rejoin them.’
  • 98) ‘I sincerely admire your work and would love nothing better than to work on something like this!’
  • 99) ‘They would also like to hear from anyone who saw the stolen Maestro earlier in the evening.’
  • 100) ‘I said to her that I didn't understand anybody who would want to live like she was.’
  • 101) ‘would you please turn around?’
  • 102) ‘would you mind clarifying your comment, Alison?’
  • 103) ‘Ruth, would you go with me to London?’
  • 104) ‘The spokesman would not comment on his condition or if and when he will return home.’
  • 105) ‘He avoids it, on the record anyway, and there's no way he would comment on other programmes.’
  • 106) ‘There was no forced entry to the property, but police would not comment further.’
  • 107) ‘Neither the airport not the airline would comment on the cause of the incident.’
  • 108) ‘When approached this week about the ward closure, he would make no further comment.’
  • 109) ‘Her mother noticed a change in her behaviour because she would not leave the family home and she cried a lot.’
  • 110) ‘He asked me to turn it off but I wouldn't, then asked me to go to the office but I listened to the rest of the game first.’
  • 111) ‘At primary school we had processed peas, which I wouldn't eat because I got frozen peas at home.’
  • 112) ‘For years, nobody would go there, as warnings were passed down from one generation of Oxford cavers to another.’
  • 113) ‘There are only a couple of events that we would call sports, the rest are just bizarre battles.’
  • 114) ‘Last week's piece on software piracy drew more than a few comments, as you would expect.’
  • 115) ‘We would hope to address both of these problems by having a dedicated service.’
  • 116) ‘I would describe the event as a convivial talk with a rather short period for questions.’
  • 117) ‘I hope some of you can make it to one of our performances and it would be brilliant to hear some feedback!’
  • 118) ‘The input from the communities has not been as strong as one would have hoped.’
  • 119) ‘To be honest I wouldn't really consider Eldon Hole a caving trip, although it is a fine pitch.’
  • 120) ‘It would be lovely to hear the boy's chatter and not feel left out when they are speaking together.’
  • 121) ‘I get involved in spite of myself and, to be honest, I wouldn't have it any other way.’
  • 122) ‘There are rumours this could be the last shuttle flight, and I wouldn't be surprised.’
  • 123) ‘It would seem that on request of the King, a ship had to be made to fulfil the obligations of the townsmen.’
  • 124) ‘Celtic shouldn't lose at home to a team who have had such a difficult season, but I wouldn't rule it out.’
  • 125) ‘I'd imagine that serious fans will feel really let down.’
  • 126) ‘You'd think that it might be important for her to be able to hear opponents, wouldn't you?’
  • 127) ‘They may struggle against Wales and I wouldn't rule out a Scots win over there.’
  • 128) ‘I have still to speak to the school, but I wouldn't think this would bring out any issues.’
  • 129) ‘I simply mentioned that I wouldn't mind going to Skuba but doubted my friends would come.’
  • 130) ‘He incurred three short suspensions, which would seem to indicate that he still has work to do.’
  • 131) ‘It would be futile to hope that athletes might be encouraged toward exemplary behaviour.’
  • 132) ‘We would therefore hope he will take on board the feelings of fellow residents.’
  • 133) ‘Now, the conspiracy theorists are going to say, well, the coroners would say that, wouldn't they?’
  • 134) ‘Yellow card for Adams for claiming that Carlos took a dive. Now he wouldn't do that, would he?’
  • 135) ‘Anderson says - and would that he had said it sooner - ‘It can't be England all the time, there must be a middle way’.’
  • 136) ‘Oh, I would that I could change his mind.’
  • 137) ‘You're so beautiful, and I would I could stay here with you.’
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